Mahim resident Manvesh Pradhan, 28, is the latest victim to have lost money to ATM skimming frauds, after his card details were used in Greece to withdraw Rs65,000 from his account.
At least 36 people’s accounts were compromised and their money lost after a skimming device was installed at a Colaba ATM.
Pradhan’s card was used on June 12, around the same time that the other cloned cards, created with details from the skimming device installed in the Colaba ATM, were used.
This coupled with the fact that it was also used in Greece has convinced the police that the same Bulgarian duo is behind these skimming cases.
Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy commissioner of police (zone 5), said Pradhan, who works as a manager with a private company, realised something was amiss only when he received a message on his mobile phone that Rs65,000 had been withdrawn from his debit card in Greece.
A shocked Pradhan approached his bank, following which he contacted the Kurla police, with whom an FIR has been registered.
Pradhan said: “Getting an FIR filed was a cumbersome process as I had to run from BKC cyber police station to Kurla.”
The 28-year-old said he was unsure which ATM compromised his card details. “Normally I use ATMs between my Mahim residence and Worli, but I am not sure about which one.” Pradhan, however, is certain that he has never used the Colaba ATM.
Mahendra Kaldhoke, assistant police inspector, Kurla police station, said they are in the process of identifying the ATM where Pradhan’s details were compromised.
Sources, however, said they had identified the ATM and are checking the CCTV footage.
“It appears that the same gang was involved in both cases. We will be co-ordinating with the Colaba police to get leads,” Kaldhoke said.
An officer said that if they get CCTV footage of the accused, they would compare it with the Colaba footage.